"All I Want Is You" as written by and Evans Clayton....
You say you want
Diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want
Your story to remain untold

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you'll give me
A highway with no one on it
Treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night

You say you'll give me
Eyes in a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbor in the tempest

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you want
Your love to work out right
To last with me through the night

You say you want
Diamonds on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold

All the promises we break
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You all I want is
You all I want is
You all I want is
You


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"All I Want Is You" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +9
    General CommentIt is a love song, sure, but everyone writes love songs. It tells of the intensity of desire and lust, the desire to be everything to someone, when really these promises are unfulfillable. So, it comes to the question of whether we can love within our limitations, or whether it will all end when our own human weaknesses are exposed.

    It's about love, but a fragile love, a love where the 'promises we make' are too grand to support. The narrator hear's all these promises from his lover, and they all sound wonderful, but they're unnecessary. He only wants her, everything else is a distraction.

    That's all well and good, but The Edge and the violin are really what brings this song from mediocre to great. The musical leads parallel the story, through miniature peaks and lulls, to the stirring climax after Bono shouts "You --- all I want is you ... ", as if the person is confronting the demons and choosing between love and lust, then into the gentle but restrained denouement, which seems to signify a comfortable satisfaction with intense feeling restrained below the surface.
    ballzofsnoon May 02, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"Obsessive love"... isn't love at all. Bono addresses that in this song. The definition of true love is ultimate selflessness, living to make another person happy in any and every way that you can. Bono realizes that when it is the desire for another that governs us, it isn't love at all... it's lust. Infatuation is so often confused with love in our society, and U2's "All I Want is You" confronts that issue. The final stanza, "You/All I want is you (repeated)" is nearly screamed by Bono, and Edge's guitar intensifies as well, both symbolizing the desire, rage, jealousy, and potential destruction lying in wait just under the facade of lust.
    emann333on June 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentballzofsno described this so perfectly, that there is not much to add.
    I'd just like to say that if I had to pick ONE song and only one, and that song would become the only piece of music that I could listen to for the rest of my life...this would be it.
    driggsyon June 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUnlike most other people, when I hear this song, I don't imagine it being about obsession. The video would paint that picture more than the actual song does, but even still I have never considered this to be a song about obsession.

    I've always imagined that "All I Want is You" is a pretty straighforward and simple song. The lyricist's frustration is pretty evident throughout and the outcome is a sort of haunting, raw, and beautiful love song.

    I think it's about a man and a woman who are deeply in love, but both have quite different ideas of what love and a relationship are supposed to be. She believes that love is measured by material objects and she seems to be concerned with how love can benefit them as individuals while he is simply saying he doesn't care about all the glamour she seems to be caught up in. All he wants is her and their love, and everything else is trivial. The lyric of the song makes the man sound frustrated because it would seem that he can do nothing to please her and keep her happy while he is perfectly happy just being with her. So in a way, he has to jump through hoops for this woman while none of that means a damn thing to him.

    It's an epic song and what I love most about it is that it's a very common relationship problem. Two people with two completely different ideas of what love is and how it should be. A very bitter sweet and beautiful song. I have to add that this is the song that got me hooked on U2. I fell madly in love with this one years and years ago.
    eirenightshadeon December 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Memory I think snowballz and eirie nite shade pretty much sumed it up. I saw the making of this video and bono stated that it parralyzes the song, and i always thougt the trappez artist died or his love for her died. Its a beautiful, bare, and intreging song. It may be one of the greatest songs ever made(or the best) I remember when i was a little boy, crying as i watched the video. (I felt so sorry for the dwarf)but he had good taste she looked good siting on that swing I belive it's about two people that love each other very much, but are afraid to commit to one another because of all the broken promises and silly things that didn't mean much to the narrater, so he's simply saying I DONT CARE ABOUT THOSE THINGS I LOVE YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU ARE and he felt like all they needed was eachother for their love to work out right. but she couldn't see past that so his love for her failed to exhist.
    unchainedmelody8717on September 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my top five favorites of theirs. :)
    Thia007on December 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about a man (married/not married?) having a long affair with a married woman.

    She wants to remain married to her rich husband, who offers her material things and status that the singer cannot afford but she craves. Her story (affair) must remain untold.

    She promises him sexual pleasure and may really love him but really is sex that she craves with him.

    A highway with no one on it
    Treasure just to look upon it
    All the riches in the night
    Eyes in a moon of blindness
    A river in a time of dryness
    A harbor in the tempest

    But he wants all of her, without sharing. He needs all of her. But all the promises (wedding vows). All he wants is her.
    jeff100146on May 15, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA total love song..
    nissejoson March 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of my summer in upstate NY. It is such timeless song and is is so much more than a love song...I think we have all come to that conclusion. It's like passion, that sometimes can't be fulfilled. Yeah.
    4methisisheavenon May 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't think it's about obsessive love, or lust.. i think someone was right when they said it's questioning whether we can "love within our restraints", that was very insightful...

    but i think that, quite simply, it's just about love. love at its most innocent.

    "you say you want..." all these grand, beautiful, tragic things
    "you say you'll give me..." tall promises

    They promise him the world, never knowing that they are the world to him.
    caitlin1on March 03, 2009   Link

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